Best Songs of 2014: Honourable Mention (Part 1, A-D)

As I seem to mention every year, crafting a strict Top 100 Songs of The Year list is an impossibility for me, because I listen to and like way more than 100 songs. So in order to shine a light on some of the songs that are still very good but don’t crack my┬átop 100, I’ve issued lists recognizing the “honourable mentions” the past couple years. This is the first of those lists for 2014. More than anything though, these lists serve as a record keeping endeavour, so when I look back at 2014 some years down the line, I’ll be able to re-visit all the songs I was into. Having something neat and tidy to refer to at any time appeals to me, and that’s a big reason why I compile these lists. If anyone else who reads them discovers/likes something new, that’s great too.

Without further ado, here is the first of four lists detailing the best songs of 2014, Honourable Mention style, in alphabetical order.

Allie X – Prime

 

alt-J – Nara

 

alt-J – The Gospel of John Hurt

 

Ariana Grande f. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder

 

Avid Dancer – I Want To See You Dance

 

Balance and Composure – Enemy

 

Basia Bulat – It Can’t Be You

 

Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow

 

Bear Hands – Giants

 

Betty Who – Lovin’ Start

 

Bleachers – Rollercoaster

 

Britney Spears – Alien

 

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life

 

Broods – Coattails

 

Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me

 

Darlia – Queen Of Hearts

 

Deers – Bamboo

 

Duck Sauce – NRG

 

Duke Dumont – Mumble Man

 

Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes

Top 20 Songs of January 2014

These are my Top 20 Songs of January, in terms of plays and resonance:

20. Tove Lo – Habits

 

19. Lucius – Wildewoman

 

18. Massari – Brand New Day

 

17. Alvvays – Adult Diversion

 

16. Foster The People – Coming Of Age

 

15. Trust – Rescue, Mister

 

14. Britney Spears – Alien

 

13. Kaleida – Tropea

 

12. Beyonce f. Jay-Z – Drunk In Love

 

11. Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow/It Can’t Be You

 

 

10. Zedd f. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night

 

9. Broken Bells – Holding On For Life

 

8. Ghost (B.C.) – If You Have Ghosts

 

7. One Direction – Story Of My Life

 

6. Wildlife – Lightning Tent

 

5. Maximo Park – Leave This Island

 

4. Katy Perry – Unconditionally

 

3. Eternal Death – Head

 

2. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

I thank the stars they’re back. What an immense, amazing tune. Future Islands own so much real estate in my heart that I think I’d disappear if they ever chose to sell.

 

1. Against Me! – True Trans Soul Rebel

NB: At present, and for the life of me, I can’t find the original version of this song to share. The acoustic version I’ve shared below is brilliant, but the original is one of the catchiest alt/pop songs I’ve heard in a long time. If you can find it, listen to it. Embrace it. Against Me! are on fire.